Monday, January 05, 2015

1 5 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
6ft @ 9s from 346° (NNW)
5.8ft @ 11s from 336° (NNW)
Yesterday's call was to get to Hookipa early because it was light offshore and it was a good one. I estimated it a 5 from the beach (I'm gonna do that every time I post the pic from now on) and it was when I hit the water around 6.30am. As long as it's not flat, the light offshore scale in Maui STARTS from 5...
Couple of hours later it was down to a 3 because the wind was coming from the side (kona side), but later on it seemed to glass off a bit, like this picture of a nice drop by unknown standapper shows. It definitely got onshore and shitty in the afternoon.

Today on tap we have 6ft @ 9s from 346° (NNW) and 5.8ft @ 11s from 336° (NNW). I slept at a friend's house on the west side and you can easily guess where I'm gonna surf (report from the bay coming up before 7am, if someone's interested).
Bit disappointed because both surfline and uncle Pat Caldwell were calling for 7f 11s from NNM (344 on surfline), but that's why you should never build excitement based on a forecast.
The buoys are what counts, they tell you what's in the water and they never lie.

There's two very good news though:
1) the MC @ 2km website is updated this morning
2) it is predicting a particularly windless day. Check the 1pm map below, for example.
That is a rare one. So windless at 1pm that I'm gonna question it. Unless a layer of high clouds will cover the sky all day, there's no way some kind of sea breeze won't develop. But nonetheless, the practice of surfing should be good all day long (with the exception of the sunset hours, still according to the same website... and I'm gonna question that too!).


No good news for the wind addicts today then, but there's hopes in a couple of days. The high sitting to the NW of us, will move to the north (even though closer than usual) and that might bring a TEMPORARY flow of light trades on Wednesday/Thursday. I drew that on the wind map below.
Surfline is calling for 12f 15s from 341, so there should be no shortage of waves either.
WAY too much for most people to sail Hookipa, just in case some windsurfer is still learning this "new" buoy thing...

I like to focus on today, but since I went and check the weather maps 7 days ahead, I'd like to contribute to increase the global Maui froth level by publishing the weather map predicted for Monday Jan 12. That is one of those beautiful winter caliber lows that will send us some BIG waves.

This is the related Surfline forecast for Jan 14 to 19 and you can see how amazingly steady that swell is going to be, both from the size and the period. It's gonna be around 10f, 14s for 4-5 days straight!

We can now sleep relaxed... it's not going flat anytime soon.

Have fun in the sun everyone!

PS. All the sources for this post are permanently linked in the links section on the right of this blog.

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